A few weeks ago, one of my favorite employees left to go work for another company. She left for a great opportunity, as I’m led to understand that her new employer has given her a new house and a 10% ownership stake in Luxembourg. It was an amicable departure, but it certainly wasn’t one I wasn’t expecting or excited about. In fact, I believe the first word out of my mouth when she told me was a quietly muttered curse, but I forgive myself. I’m pretty sure HR protocol says it’s OK to curse in front of your employees when they’re leaving for another job.
We are going to miss her, and it will take some time to find someone capable of replacing her. And if you’ve ever been in the same position, then I’m sure you’ve had a difficult time finding any silver lining in an employee departure. But consider the following:
Your Former Employee Is Moving Forward In His/Her Career:
If you’ve had a good relationship with your employee, then this probably wasn’t an easy decision for your employee either. But ultimately he or she decided that there were better opportunities somewhere else – and what could you want for a great employee but the best opportunities possible? This will hardly help you fill the void their departure is causing, but at least you can take some solace in the fact that you’ve helped them find the next step in their career path. (On a selfish note, you might remind him or her that you’ve been instrumental in their upward mobility, so that you are one day repaid with cake.)
You Will Be Forced To Re-Evaluate Your Business:
This isn’t always fun, which is why most of us try and put it off for as long as possible. But when a key employee leaves, you have no choice but to take a long, hard look at what’s working and what you’ve been wasting your time and energy on. You’ll either come out of this with an even stronger belief that what you’re doing is right, or that you need to make some long overdue changes. Either way is a good thing.
You Will Have An Ironclad Excuse to Contact Some Old Customers:
You’ve probably let some old customers fall by the wayside, and sometimes it’s hard to know how to approach them without sounding like all you’re trying to do is sell them something. But if you can introduce the conversation by asking if they know anyone who might want a job, you’ll almost certainly get a response of some kind. Some of those will turn into longer conversations, and some of those will lead to sales.
Watching a great employee go is always difficult, because there’s never any guarantee that the next person you hire is going to be amazing. But it doesn’t have to be all bad. Now, is anyone looking for a job? We’ve updated our benefits package and are now offering a majority stake in all small European nations. Luxembourg, Monaco, Lichtenstein – bet you forgot that was a country, didn’t you? Well now you can own a piece.